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06/13/2016

Irish Softball Coaches Named Top NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff

Notre Dame coaching staff earns fourth NFCA all-region honor in program history after stellar 2016 season

02/23/2016

Sharpen Your Game At Irish Softball Summer Camps

Registration is open for Notre Dame softball summer kids and elite camp sessions

01/25/2016

The Top 10: Strength In Numbers

A five-pitcher rotation looks to lead Notre Dame softball to a strong 2016 season

01/12/2016

The Top 10: The Steady Influence Over Irish Softball

A wealth of experience and success defines longest tenured female coaching staff currently at Notre Dame

08/28/2015

Limited Availability Remains For Softball Academies

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HONORS AND AWARDS:
2016 NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year

Longtime collegiate assistant coach Jamie Spitale officially joined the Notre Dame softball staff in June of 2014, and is entering her third season as the program's volunteer assistant coach. Spitale assists in a variety of aspects related to team coaching, specializing in instruction with the Notre Dame pitching staff alongside head coach Deanna Gumpf.

During her second season with the Irish in 2016, Spitale was a member of Notre Dame’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year. Notre Dame made its 21st all-time NCAA Regional appearance (18th consecutive), advancing to the final games of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship and NCAA Ann Arbor Regional before closing the campaign with a 43-13 (.768) record.

Notre Dame hosted an NCAA Regional for just the second time (first since 2005) during a historic 2015 campaign in Spitale’s first season on the Irish bench. The Irish capped that year with a 42-15 (.737) mark, while pitchers Allie Rhodes and Rachel Nasland each benefitted from Spitale’s influence by enjoying breakout seasons.

Rhodes became the 23rd 20-game winner in Notre Dame history by logging a dominant 20-5 mark in the circle as a junior, winning 15 of her final 16 decisions. Nasland compiled a 17-9 record as a sophomore, throwing her first career no-hitter against No. 9 Florida State on her way to earning 2015 all-ACC second team accolades.

Prior to her arrival at Notre Dame, Spitale served on the coaching staff at Western Michigan University for 13 seasons from 2000-13, being elevated to the title of associate head coach in July of 2005. She was the primary pitching coach for the Broncos while also providing instruction to the team's catchers and infielders, along with overseeing the program's recruiting efforts.

During Spitale's tenure at Western Michigan, Bronco pitchers secured 11 total all-Mid-American Conference (MAC) accolades, including nine first team selections.

Meredith Whitney, a three-time all-MAC first team choice, finished her Western Michigan career in 2012 as the program leader in innings pitched (720.2) and strikeouts (742), and ranked second in career wins (62) and complete games (82) in the Broncos record book under Spitale's tutelage.

At least one of Spitale's Western Michigan pitchers was named to an all-conference team every season from 2003 until 2012. Joining four-time selection Whitney (2009-12) was Laura Stewart (2003-04), Jaymie Voss (2004), Tricia VanDerSlik (2005), Krysten Shumaker (2006) and Kyla Sullivan (2007-08) as all-MAC performers during the 10-season span.

Voss was also named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America first team in 2004, the first Western Michigan softball player to receive first team Academic All-America honors since Bonnie Kinnie in 1984.

Whitney became the first Western Michigan player ever to be named the most valuable player of the MAC Championship tournament in 2011, posting a 5-1 tournament record that included three complete game wins on the final day to clinch the conference title for the Broncos. The conference championship victory earned Western Michigan its third all-time bid to the NCAA Championship, where the Broncos ultimately fell to Gumpf's Notre Dame squad 4-0 on May 21, 2011, during the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional.

Spitale coached both Shumaker (2006) and Sullivan (2007) to consecutive selections on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mideast all-region second team, with Shumaker being the first Western Michigan player named to the all-region team since 1997. It was also the first time Bronco players had received all-region citations in back-to-back years since the 1994-95 seasons.

Western Michigan made its first NCAA Championship appearance in more than 20 years in 2003, Spitale's third season on the team's coaching staff. The Broncos finished 2003 with a 30-24 record after seeing their season end in Region 7 of the NCAA tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Prior to joining the Western Michigan coaching ranks in 2000, Spitale spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Lake Michigan College from 1997-2000. The softball program boasted nine all-conference, four all-state, four all-region and three All-America selections during Spitale's tenure.

Spitale also served a dual role as assistant athletic director at Lake Michigan College, maintaining a primary focus on academic development. A total of 41 athletes were named academic all-league, and five garnered national all-academic citations with Spitale overseeing the program's academic efforts.

An all-academic selection during a standout career in the circle at Lake Michigan College, Spitale (née Mandarino) helped lead the program to a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship victory in 1993. During her collegiate playing career, Spitale was a member of two regional championship teams, earned all-conference, all-region and all-state honors, and was a second team All-America honoree.

Spitale graduated from Hillsdale College with a bachelor's degree in science in 1997, and obtained a master's degree in athletic administration from Western Michigan in 2004. She was inducted into the St. Joseph's High School (Mich.) Hall of Fame in 2003 in recognition of her softball accomplishments.

Jamie Spitale
Jamie  Spitale

Position:
Volunteer Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Hillsdale College '97

Experience:
3rd Season

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February 18
W, 6-4
#11/10 Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 18
L, 3-2 (8)
#13 Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 19
L, 9-2
#11/10 Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 23
L, 4-3
#RV Texas
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 23
L, 8-0 (5)
#20/22 Missouri
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
RECAP
February 24
L, 3-1
#21/19 Arizona State
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
W, 10-7
#11/12 Georgia
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
RECAP
February 25
W, 5-4
#4/5 Oklahoma
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
RECAP
March 4
12:30 PM
Purdue
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 4
5:00 PM
FIU
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
10:00 AM
Chattanooga
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
12:15 PM
Charlotte
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 11
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 11
3:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 12
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 14
5:00 PM
Georgia State
Atlanta, Ga. (Heck Softball Complex)
March 15
6:00 PM
Mercer
Macon, Ga. (Sikes Field)
March 17
6:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 18
1:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 19
12:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 22
5:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 24
6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 26
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 29
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 1
12:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 2
2:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

ESPNU
April 3
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

ESPNU
April 5
5:00 PM
Fort Wayne
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 7
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 8
3:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 9
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 11
5:30 PM
Detroit Mercy
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 12
6:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 14
4:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 14
6:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 15
1:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 19
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 22
1:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 22
3:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 23
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 25
5:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Drysdale Field)
April 29
1:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 29
3:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 30
12:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 3
6:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 5
6:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 6
3:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 7
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 11
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 19
TBA
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Campus sites
May 20
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 21
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 25
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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May 26
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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May 27
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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May 28
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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June 1
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 2
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 3
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 4
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Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 5
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Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 6
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 7
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)

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